The Gove family has been significant in the Rutland community since Nathaniel and Esther Gove settled there in 1784. This issue of the quarterly describes their history. Generations of Gove families have continued to influence the city politically, socially and economically. Marriages bound the Goves with two other old Rutland families: the Thralls and the Chaffees. This helped to strengthen the family's place in the community for generations to come.